Brigham Young University Reviews - Bachelor's in Liberal Studies
Review of Liberal Studies Bachelors Degrees
BYU is amazing. However, it has some of the same problems inherent to modern universities: many programs are marketed to students that really have no career application outside higher academia. I think all departments, especially liberal arts, need to be more forthright with career options.
Brigham Young University is an incredible and unique University. The programs and opportunities it offers are limitless. Anything you want to be, can be prepared for at BYU. Unfortunately as a young college student I didn't have much perspective on my future goals or what I wanted to pursue career wise. My interests were so diverse that I had a hard time narrowing my major down. I chose to major in Geography with an emphasis on travel and tourism because at the time (about 2002) my main interests were traveling and learning about the world. I was not well prepared for the difficulty I would encounter post graduation finding a solid career in this field. Travel agencies were dying out and the internet was taking over the travel industry. My only saving grace was the surge in airline industry where I ended up pursuing a career as a flight attendant. After marrying and having children, traveling with the airlines became increasingly difficult. I realized after having my third child that my days as a flight attendant were numbered. And sadly, my marriage in divorce. Now I find myself a single mother that needs to start over and switch gears. This Fall I will be starting a Masters in Teaching program with Western Governors University. This is a special post-baccalaureate Master's program designed specifically for people like me that have a Bachelor's degree and want to pursue a graduate degree in Teaching. Being a teacher and a mentor comes naturally to me so it was an easy decision to apply for this degree program. WGU is an online University that will allow me to study and attend class from home while I tend to the needs of my children. Because single parenthood is so challenging financially, scholarships are incredibly appreciated in order to further my education and take care of my family.
For its price, BYU is a great school! While you need to follow a strict Honor Code in order to attend this university, there are plenty of opportunities for you to be socially and academically involved. I would definitely suggest finding a major you love and then developing a few good and close relationship with faculty members. BYU offers tons of research opportunities to give you some fantastic academic experience.
My time at BYU was irreplaceable in my life. It became an essential part of helping me to become the person I am today. The school has a good balance of competition and support from both faculty and fellow students. I felt I was stretched and supported all along the way while I was there. I would recommend BYU to anyone looking for a good, supportive environment where morals are upheld. You do not need to be LDS (Mormon) to attend, although most of the students are. If you do decide to attend, I hope that BYU will be as instrumental in helping you find yourself as it was for me.
For the price the school is the best bang for your buck you are going to get. It is a very respected school that has a very good reputation. The problems that I had with the school were class size, the limited amount of space in the programs of study in which you had to apply to get into, but if did not get in what are you supposed to do?! Then you end up wasting your time at a school hoping to get into your program of study. The campus is beautiful, and well maintained.
BYU is a great institution. The professors are very helpful and extremely talented and intelligent. It wasn't a cake walk, but it was worth it.
College is an amazing experience. You learn so much about yourself, make lifelong friendships, and gain a valuable degree. I wouldn't trade my college time for anything.
Pros: + Faculty that are active in helping you understand and implement new procedures to current cutting edge projects. + Lots of housing to choose from as a married couple or as a single individual. + Safe atmosphere. Being a christian school they have a honors code that helps with the ambiance. + Wide variety of programs to choose from with undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral degrees available. + An active student body and campus life that has opportunities for many different activities everyday. + Research and internship opportunities with and through the university. Cons: - Like other universities, requires general education requirements to receive BS or BA degrees.